Policeman James B. Wiggins

Policeman James B. Wiggins

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, April 28, 1879

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James B. Wiggins

Policeman Wiggins was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call at a local brothel. Two men were arrested and taken to jail but a third man opened fire, killing Policeman Wiggins. The shooter was apprehended but later escaped from jail and was never recaptured.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Escaped from jail

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Office James B. Wiggins was my Great-Great Grandfather. My father, Lt. Dan Rowland, followed in his footsteps generations later, and served Chattanooga as a policeman for 27 years. Dad was an officer in Chattanooga's original K-9 corps, who was partner with a German Shepherd named Doc. Thank you, Great-Great Grandfather for giving your last full measure of service, and dad, for serving with honor and bravery.

Rex Rowland
Great-Great Grandson

January 17, 2016

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